Study: EHR upgrades can reduce prescription errors, but gaps remain

05/27/2011 | Healthcare IT News

A Journal of General Internal Medicine study found that although ambulatory doctors cut their prescription errors by two-thirds a year after using an updated electronic health record system, 60% find the alerts to be unhelpful and two-thirds said the system slowed down drug orders and refills. "We need to make sure that the systems are easy for providers to use and don't cause work flow problems," said lead study author Dr. Erika Abramson of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.

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